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News / Re: New Atlanta DATM
« Last post by Clay Brock on Today at 06:18:08 pm »
Reposted from VATSIM News.

Major Revision to VATSIM’s Code of Regulations

As previously announced, VATSIM is completing a major change to its governance structure with a primary goal of simplifying the organization’s hierarchy, thus bringing the membership even closer to the Board of Governors and ensuring better collaboration and alignment throughout the organizational structure.  Effective 01 October 2020,  a new revision of VATSIM’s Code of Regulations (CoR) will go into effect. This revision incorporates twenty-one amendments to the Code of Regulations, the largest single change to this document in VATSIM’s history.

The Code of Regulations is VATSIM’s governing document which outlines how VATSIM’s leadership structure is organized and conducts business, as well as the roles and responsibilities of every member on the senior leadership team and outlines the conflict resolution process for members who violate VATSIM’s rules.

This revision has major positive impacts on the general VATSIM member. The largest change is the consolidation of our six regions to three. This gives all VATSIM members much closer access to the Board of Governors by making each leader of these regions a Vice President with a seat on the Board of Governors. Each Division Director will now be directly supported and represented by a Vice President, meaning that the desires of our entire membership will be heard directly and more expeditiously by VATSIM’s highest governing body.

This revision to the Code of Regulations will not remove the broad latitude that Division Directors have when running their division, but it does empower the VP of each Region to set broad goals that are in line with VATSIM’s overall goals as set by the Board of Governors, and hold Division Directors accountable to meet these goals. This means leadership by committee with input from the individual member will be the future for VATSIM.

There are a number of other smaller changes incorporated to improve and streamline our processes: for example Division Conflict Resolution Managers will now be appointed directly by the VP Conflict Resolution, with input from the Division Director.

Change can be challenging, and we do expect some minor growing pains as we implement the new structure. However, after working on this project for over a year, we are confident that this new, slimmer leadership style will allow VATSIM to respond more quickly to the ever-changing needs of our membership and give you, our fellow VATSIM members, a larger voice as we go into the future. We are already working on ensuring that our systems are adapted for this change, and will be making various changes to our web services over the coming days to optimise them for our new way of working.

Changes to the VATSIM Board of Governors

VATSIM is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members of the Board of Governors, as the final part of the organizational leadership change.
After a thorough selection process, three candidates have been chosen to fill these critical leadership positions on the Board. Please welcome them!


Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa Region – Simon Irvine

Current VATSIM Europe Region Director, Simon Irvine, has been appointed to the VATSIM Board of Governors as the Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Simon will be responsible for all the divisions within the new Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, with Division Directors now reporting directly to him. Formerly, Simon was appointed to the position of Europe Region Director in 2019, and has also served as the Division Director of VATSIM UK. Outside of VATSIM, Simon works for British Telecom and spends his spare time on gadgets, reading and following his football team, Dundee United (albeit remotely at the moment).


Vice President, Asia Pacific Region – Anastasios Stefopoulos

Current VATSIM Asia Region Director, Anastasios Stefopoulos, has been appointed to the VATSIM Board of Governors as the Vice President, Asia Pacific.

Anastasios will be responsible for all the divisions within the new Asia Pacific Region, with Division Directors now reporting directly to him. Formerly, Anastasios has served as Asia Region Director for the past seven years, and has also held several staff positions across VATSIM on various divisional and regional levels.


Vice President, Americas Region – Federico Navarro

Current VATSIM South America Region Director, Federico Navarro, has been appointed to the VATSIM Board of Governors as the Vice President, Americas.

Federico will be responsible for all the divisions within the new Americas Region, with Division Directors now reporting directly to him. Formerly, Federico has served as South America Region Director for the past six years, and has also served as the Division Director of VATCA. Outside of VATSIM, Federico spends his spare time in the real skies, after getting his private pilot’s license in Costa Rica at the age of 18.


Please join us in congratulating Simon, Anastasios and Federico on their appointments to these new roles, and to the VATSIM Board of Governors.

As per the new VATSIM Code of Regulations, the remit and responsibility of each Regional VP is “to act as the Board of Governors’ representative to the various Divisions within the Region. The Vice President is responsible for activity growth, provision of ATC and ATC training."

With these arrivals come, of course, some other changes to our senior personnel. First of all, from midnight tonight and after many years of being a significant part of VATSIM’s governance structure, the VATSIM Executive Committee is dissolved and its remit and responsibilities are absorbed by the VATSIM Board of Governors. I would like to thank each and every present, and former, serving leader on the Executive Committee for their commitment and contribution to the network.

I would also like to offer a heartfelt thanks to Jackson Harding who is moving on from the Board of Governors following the dissolution of the VP Regions position as part of these changes. Jackson has been a fierce and loyal leader within VATSIM for many years, having undertaken a number of roles and supporting the network through thick and thin. On behalf of the Board of Governors and the whole community, I’d like to thank Jackson for his service and personally look forward to many more years of his guidance.

Now - there is much work to do - let’s get to it!

Gunnar Lindahl
VATSIM President
In recognition of the amazing Masters Tournament, arguably golf's biggest major, ZTL will be staffing Augusta, Georgia (KAGS) from 0030-0330z on November 10th, 2020. While attendance may not exist in the real world, we encourage everyone to bring in their planes to park and see this outstanding contest of golf's greatest.
Events / Night at "The Rock" (KLIT) 2359z-0300z
« Last post by Corey Burt on September 29, 2020, 06:26:06 pm »
Join ZME at Little Rock (KLIT) from 2359z-0300z for a party at the capital of Arkansas. Little Rock is known for its "cheese dog" a hot dog with melted cheese in its core. So come swing by to taste this Little Rock staple. IFR and VFR traffic welcome.
Events / Memphis March Madness 2359z-0300z ft. KMEM
« Last post by Corey Burt on September 29, 2020, 06:19:23 pm »
Memphis is set to host the Sweet 16/Elite Eight of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament March 26th-28th. Join ZME as we host March Madness Memphis-style from 2359z-0300z featuring Memphis International. Come bring in the players or fans in GA or commercial airlines. IFR or VFR traffic welcome!
News / Re: Denver has a new EC
« Last post by Michael Mund-Hoym on September 29, 2020, 09:47:20 am »
Congratulations, John!
News / Re: Denver has a new EC
« Last post by Noah Perlman on September 29, 2020, 06:14:37 am »
Congrats John! Enjoy your new role.
Events / Caribbean Crossings (Feat. KFLL-TJBQ)
« Last post by Gerardo Rodriguez on September 28, 2020, 05:20:37 pm »
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Come fly the scenic ocean route over the Bahamas! Pick your destination: The island of Puerto Rico or sunny Miami Beach! You can fly either way, just enjoy the scenery.

Departures to start at 2000z (3pm ET) thru 0000z (7pm ET)
News / Position Posting: ZME Seeks a Deputy Air Traffic Manager
« Last post by Richard Sill on September 28, 2020, 05:22:24 am »
The Memphis ARTCC (ZME) is now accepting applications for Deputy Air Traffic Manager

* Report directly to the Air Traffic Manager (ATM)
* Proactively manage the ARTCC Roster.
* Assist the ATM with general operations and management.
* Monitor the day-to-day activities of the ARTCC.
* Maintain an active online presence on the VATSIM network and the ZME TeamSpeak.
* Coordinate on events that may affect ZME's operations.
* Perform other duties as assigned by the ATM
* Stay abreast of topical issues related to VATSIM and VATUSA activities and policies

Core Requirements
The successful candidate will:
* be an active member of the network in good standing.
* have a Controller (C1) rating or above.
* maintain active membership and home controller currency.
* have excellent written and oral communication skills.
* be able to work in a team environment.
* have no disciplinary history or record of unprofessional behavior.
* be a member of ZME, or willing to transfer upon selection

Highly Desired Skills and Abilities
ZME is particularly interested in persons who:
* are loyal to ZME and its mission and are self-motivated and proactive.
* will be an active controller both during events and normal daily operations.
* are able to demonstrate the qualities of understanding, honesty, patience, maturity and restraint.
* can bring a verifiable level of experience sufficient to ensure the ability to manage a complex aviation environment.
* understand and commit to a high level of participation with the knowledge that the position requires considerable devotion and commitment of time.
* have real world instructional experience.
* have experience as a duly authorized VATUSA instructor or mentor on the VATSIM network.
* have real world and or VATSIM-related managerial or administration experience.

Please note that special considerations will be given to:
*Current, loyal, long-standing ZME home controllers
*Members with a high online presence
*Members with previous staff experience
*Members currently with an instructor rating or mentor status
*Mature individuals

Only those who understand the requirements and can make the appropriate commitment should apply.
Candidates can expect an initial evaluation of their application after which they MAY be contacted for a comprehensive interview.

Serious Inquiries only - failure to send proper resume could potentially disqualify applicant

Applicants are invited to submit the following to copy to at their earliest convenience but not later than October 16, 2020, 2359 UTC:

* Full Name, active e-mail address, and VATSIM CID
* Resume and brief letter of intent
* Your vision and goals for the ZME ARTCC and ideas on how to increase pilot activity and controller membership along with potential methods for achieving this.

News / Re: Denver has a new EC
« Last post by Richard Sill on September 28, 2020, 03:57:16 am »
Congratulations, John from ZME!
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